Opravárna is a new Czech app, which matches handymen to repair requests sent from across the country. The app has been quick to catch on and currently has nearly a thousand handymen registered. Yet Opravárna is not just a savvy business idea, but one of the ways in which the Czech Republic can contribute to the EU’s plan for achieving a more circular economy.
The management of the Temelin nuclear power plant on Monday reported a
human error in servicing when lightly radioactive water was released into
the wrong reservoir. The water remained in a closed circuit and the
incident did not endanger safety or affect power production, Temelin said
in a statement.
A report was sent to the State Institute for Nuclear Safety and, in line with a bilateral agreement, to the Austrian authorities in Melk.
Sales of new passenger cars in the Czech Republic in the first eight months
of 2018 increased by four percent compared to the same period last year, to
193,252 vehicles, according to figures released by the Association of
Automobile Importers on Wednesday.
According to the association, the growth has been a direct result of a change in the exhaust emissions limits, which came into effect in September last year.
The biggest seller in the period between January and August was Škoda with over 59,300 cars, followed by Volkswagen and Hyundai. The Škoda Octavia remains to be the best-selling model, followed its Fabia and Rapid models.
A decision on the means of financing new nuclear reactors in the Czech
Republic should be made by the end of the year, Trade and Industry Minister
Marta Nováková told journalists on Friday.
At present three options are on the table: creating a new subsidiary of ČEZ with Dukovany and Temelin assets, opening the door to a foreign investor, and splitting ČEZ to transfer its nuclear plants to a state-owned company.
Minister Nováková said that either way, ČEZ would be expected to play a significant role, since the country’s top nuclear experts were there.
Škoda Auto will present its Kodiaq RS sports utility vehicle at the Paris
Motor Show in October, powered by the strongest diesel engine in the
history of the brand, a two-litre TDI with a two-turbine.
German parent company Volkswagen has used the four-cylinder biturbo, but it’s a first for the Czech carmaker. Škoda has also announced its smaller Fabia and Rapid diesel models will be phased out, with new models featuring CNG engines.
Czech petrochemical giant Unipetrol announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2018 on Friday. The company recorded a net profit of 2.9 billion crowns, down 687 million crowns in annual terms. The group’s total revenues reached 31.1 billion crowns, a year-on-year decrease of 44 million crowns.
Czechia is not famous for making world-class cheese. There is, however, one notable exception: a very peculiar local type of cheese made in Moravia called „Olomoucké tvarůžky" or, more colloquially „tvargle". It has been produced in the region around Olomouc for centuries and is famous for its aromatic smell.
Several hundred green activists protested at the Bílina coal mine in the
north of the country on Saturday.
Two dozen of them managed to enter the mine in the early hours of the morning and chained themselves to the excavator. When other protesters tried to force their way into the mine the police intervened, detaining over 170 people.
The protest was organized by the group Limity jsme my which is striving to get the mine closed.